Hi there. My second post after an introduction.
I bought this Ramirez guitar from 1959 last winter. I took it to a luthier to have some work done, loose brace and intonation. He asked me a lot of questions about the instrument like where I got it from etc. He wasn't sure about the authenticity of it. In his words he's never seen walnut used as the back and sides, the label to him is wrong, the tuners aren't correct. He feels its just a cheaply constructed guitar someone slapped a Ramirez label into. Need less to say I'm bummed out about this. I did pay a lot for the instrument but it's not really about the money. However I like the guitar much but not enough for it to be a lifetime instrument. My other guitars are more useful. I'd never want to sell it without having a proper idea of what it is.
I was in the vintage guitar business for years myself. I've had to make that horrible phone call numerous times on old Gibsons, Fenders, Martins etc. We all make mistakes and I don't care to think the seller did this intentionally and he sells a lot of these old guitars.
So please, have a look and let me know what you see. I'm taking it to another place in NYC for a second opinion. The luthier encouraged that which I think is cool. I would always do the same myself unless I was 110% sure something was fake.
Thanks much! JB
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